Refraining from complaining

Scripture readings for today In the first reading today, the Israelites had grown tired from their journey. They were hungry and uncomfortable. When they complained about their circumstances to God, he responded by punishing them heavily. I wonder if his displeasure...

Discipleship Training

Scripture readings for today Today’s gospel reading talks about the law. In Jesus’ time, and in ours, there is much debate over the place of law in our faiths. It has historically been used for bad, but also for good. The word “legalistic” is used often to describe...

Accepting a helping hand

Scripture readings for today In each of the readings today, God reminds us to come to Him with our needs. He tells us to simply ask, as Esther does, “Help me who are alone.” The psalmist says, “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.”  In the gospel,...

Good Friday

Scripture readings for April 18 Today is the day we remember the greatest act of love ever shown. It is the day we remember the ridicule, torture, and execution of the man we love above all others. Today is the day our Jesus endured physical and spiritual agony so...

Jesus Our Refuge

Scripture readings for April 5 Has there ever been a time when you felt mistreated or persecuted? Have you ever been wronged by someone? At the very least, most of us will experience unkindness at some point in our lives. At worst, some of us will be abused and...